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AAC Cornerstone Conservation Grant
Sheldon Outhouse.jpgThe American Alpine Club's Cornerstone Conservation Grant funds essential infrastructure at climbing areas. Individuals or communities that see a need for local infrastructure can propose projects that will improve, conserve, and protect their climbing resources for years to come.

Grants range from $1,000 to $8,000, depending on the size and scope of project. 

The Cornerstone Conservation Grant has grown out of a decade of American Alpine Club underwriting and volunteerism. Past AAC projects include new trails and human-waste management policies at Utah’s Castleton Tower and Indian Creek climbing areas, a new human-waste management system in Grand Teton National Park, new trails and waste-management systems in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Lumpy Ridge climbing area, and the Clean Mountain Can program on Denali.

How To Apply

This year, the AAC is seeking proposals for:
  • Sustainable approach trails (climbing access routes)
  • Human waste management solutions (toilet facilities, pack-out dispensers)
  • Parking infrastructure
  • Critical signage and kiosks
  • Research (as long as the research informs infrastructure decisions and planning)
Projects must:

-have local land manager endorsement
-have local AAC Section endorsement
-be measurable and high impact
-engage members of the local climbing community
-utilize matching agency, local funds or Access Fund grant money

Please note that we coordinate closely with the Access Fund in reviewing grant proposals and awarding funding.

The AAC is NOT funding the following in 2013:
- Fixed anchor replacement, bolt installation
- Educational programs
- Research (unless the research will directly lead to a plan for infrastructure)

The AAC accepts applications every year between June 15 and August 15. Applicants will be advised on or before September 30. Please email cornerstone@americanalpineclub.org if you have any questions.

How to Apply
Download Application (PDF/DOC) - AAC Cornerstone Conservation Grant